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wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,

16 A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.

17 And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung.

18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD's wrath ; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

from the Lord; and those that have not sought the LORD, nor enquired for him.

7 Hold thy peace at the presence of the Lord God: for the day of the Lord is at hand : for the LORD hath prepared a sacrifice, he hath bid his guests.

8 And it shall come to pass in the day of the Lord's sacrifice, that I will punish the princes, and the king's children, and all such as are clothed with strange apparel.

9 In the same day also will I punish all those that leap on the threshold, which fill their masters' houses with violence and deceit.

10 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD, that there shall be the noise of a cry from the fish gate, and an howling from the second, and a great crashing from the hills.

11 Howl, ye inhabitants of Maktesh, for all the merchant people are cut down; all they that bear silver are cut off.

12 And it shall come to pass at that time, that I will search Jerusalem with candles, and punish the men that are settled on their lees: that say in their heart, The LORD will not do good, neither will he do evil.

13 Therefore their goods shall become a booty, and their houses a desolation : they shall also build houses, but not inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, but not drink the wine thereof.

14 The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.

15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of

CHAP. II. GATHER yourselves together, yea, gather together, 0 nation not desired;

2 Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD come upon you, before the day of the Lord's anger come upon you.

3 Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgments; seek righteousness, seek meekness : it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD's anger.

4 For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation: they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron shall be rooted up.

5 Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coasts, the nation of the Cherethites! the word of the Lord is against you; O Canaan, the land of the Philistines, I will even destroy thee, that there shall be no inhabitant.

O And the sea coast shall be | lintels of it; their voice shall sing in dwellings and cottages for shep the windows; desolation shall be in herds, and folds for flocks.

the thresholds : for he shall uncover 7 And the coast shall be for the the cedar work. remnant of the house of Judah; 15 This is the rejoicing city that they shall feed thereupon : in the dwelt carelessly, that said in her houses of Ashkelon shall they lie heart, I am, and there is none beside down in the evening : for the LORD me: how is she become a desolatheir God shall visit them, and turn tion, a place for beasts to lie down away their captivity.

in ! every one that passeth by her 8 I have heard the reproach of shall hiss, and wag his hand. Moab, and the revilings of the children of Ammon, whereby they

CHAP. III. have reproached my people, and magnified themselves against their

Woe to her that is filthy and polborder.

luted, to the oppressing city! 9 Therefore as I live, saith the 2 She obeyed not the voice; she Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, received not correction; she trusted Surely Moab shall be as Sodom, not in the LORD; she drew not near and the children of Ammon as Go to her God. morrah, even the breeding of net 3 Her princes within her are roartles, and saltpits, and a perpetual ing lions ; her judges are evening desolation: the residue of my peo wolves; they gnaw not the bones ple shall spoil them, and the rem till the morrow. nant of my people shall possess 4 Her prophets are light and them.

treacherous persons: her priests have 10 This shall they have for their polluted the sanctuary, they have pride, because they have reproach done violence to the law. ed and magnified themselves against 5 The just Lord is in the midst the people of the Lord of hosts. thereof; he will not do iniquity:

11 The LORD will be terrible every morning doth he bring his unto them: for he will famish all judgment to light, he faileth not; the gods of the earth; and men but the unjust knoweth no shame. shall worship him, every one from 6 I have cut off the nations: their his place, even all the isles of the towers are desolate; I made their heathen.

streets waste, that none passeth by: 12 Ye Ethiopians also, ye shall be their cities are destroyed, so that slain by my sword.

there is no man, that there is none 13 And he will stretch out his inhabitant. hand against the north, and destroy 7 I said, Surely thou wilt fear me, Assyria ; and will make Nineveh a thou wilt receive instruction; so their desolation, and dry like a wilder dwelling should not be cut off, howness.

soever I punished them: but they 14 And focks shall lie down in rose early, and corrupted all their the midst of her, all the beasts of doings. the nations : both the cormorant and | 8 Therefore wait ye upon me, the bittern shall lodge in the upper saith the LORD, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my deter- with all the heart, o daughter of mination is to gather the nations, Jerusalem. that I may assemble the kingdoms, 15 The Lord hath taken away to pour upon them mine indigna thy judgments, he hath cast out tion, even all my fierce anger : for thine enemy: the king of Israel, all the earth shall be devoured with even the Lord, is in the midst of the fire of my jealousy.

thee: thou shalt not see evil any 9 For then will I turn to the peo more. ple a pure language, that they may 16 In that day it shall be said all call upon the name of the Lord, to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: and to serve him with one consent. to Zion, Let not thine hands be

10 From beyond the rivers of slack. Ethiopia my suppliants, even the 17 The LORD thy God in the daughter of my dispersed, shall midst of thee is mighty; he will bring mine offering.

save, he will rejoice over thee with 11 In that day shalt thou not be joy; he will rest in his love, he will ashamed for all thy doings, wherein joy over thee with singing. thou hast transgressed against me: 18 I will gather them that are sorfor then I will take away out of the rowful for the solemn assembly, who midst of thee them that rejoice in are of thee, to whom the reproach of thy pride, and thou shalt no more it was a burden. be haughty because of my holy 19 Behold, at that time I will unmountain.

do all that afflict thee: and I will 12 I will also leave in the midst save her that halteth, and gather of thee an afflicted and poor people, her that was driven out; and I will and they shall trust in the name of get them praise and fame in every the LORD.

land where they have been put to 13 The remnant of Israel shall not shame. do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither 20 At that time will I bring yon shall a deceitful tongue be found in again, even in the time that I gatheir mouth: for they shall feed and ther you : for I will make you a lie down, and none shall make them name and a praise among all people afraid.

of the earth, when I turn back your 14 Sing, o daughter of Zion; captivity before your eyes, saith the shout, O Israel ; be glad and rejoice | LORD.


CHAP. I. In the second year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, in the first day of the month, came the word of the Lord by Haggai the prophet

I unto Zerubbabel the son of Sheal

tiel, governor of Judah, and to

Joshua the son of Josedech, the | high priest, saying,

2 Thus speaketh the Lord of bosts, saying, This people say, The time is not come, the time that the 1 and the people did fear before the Lord's house should be built.

LORD. 3 Then came the word of the 13 Then spake Haggai the Lord's LORD by Haggai the prophet, say messenger in the Lord's message ing,

unto the people, saying, I am with 4 Is it time for you, O ye, to you, saith the LORD. dwell in your cieled houses, and 14 And the LORD stirred up the this house lie waste?

spirit of Zerubbabel the son of 5 Now therefore thus saith the Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and Lord of hosts; Consider your ways. the spirit of Joshua the son of Jo

6 Ye have sown much, and bring sedech, the high priest, and the spiin little; ye eat, but ye have not rit of all the remnant of the people; enough; ye drink, but ye are not and they came and did work in the filled with drink; ye clothe you, house of the LORD of hosts, their but there is none warm; and he that

God, earneth wages earneth wages to put 15 In the four and twentieth day it into a bag with holes.

of the sixth month, in the second 7 Thus saith the Lord of hosts; year of Darius the king. Consider your ways. 8 Go up to the mountain, and

CHAP. II. bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I In the seventh month, in the one will be glorified, saith the LORD. and twentieth day of the month,

9 Ye looked for much, and, lo, it came the word of the LORD by the came to little; and when ye brought prophet Haggai, saying, it home, I did blow upon it. Why? 2 Speak now to Zerubbabel the saith the LORD of hosts. Because son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, of mine house that is waste, and ye and to Joshua the son of Josedech, run every man unto his own house. the high priest, and to the residue

10 Therefore the heaven over you of the people, saying, . is stayed from dew, and the earth is 3 Who is left among you that stayed from her fruit.

saw this house in her first glory? in And I called for a drought up and how do ye see it now? is it not on the land, and upon the moun in your eyes in comparison of it as tains, and upon the corn, and upon nothing? the new wine, and upon the oil, and 4 Yet now be strong, O Zerubupon that which the ground bring babel, saith the LORD; and be eth forth, and upon men, and upon strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech, cattle, and upon all the labour of the high priest; and be strong, all the hands.

ye people of the land, saith the 12 Then Zerubbabel the son of Lord, and work: for I am with you, Shealtiel, and Joshua the son of Jo saith the Lord of hosts : sedech, the high priest, with all the 5 According to the word that I remnant of the people, obeyed the covenanted with you when ye came voice of the LORD their God, and out of Egypt, so my spirit remainthe words of Haggai the prophet, as eth among you: fear ye not. the Lord their God had sent him, 6 For thus saith the LORD of

hosts ; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land;

7 And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.

8 The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts.

9 The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of hosts.

10 In the four and twentieth day of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet, saying,

11 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Ask now the priests concerning the law, saying,

12 If one bear holy flesh in the skirt of his garment, and with his skirt do touch bread, or pottage, or wine, or oil, or any meat, shall it be holy? And the priests answered and said, No.

13 Then said Haggai, If one that is unclean by a dead body touch any of these, shall it be unclean ? And the priests answered and said, It shall be unclean.

14 Then answered Haggai, and said, So is this people, and so is this nation before ine, saith the LORD; and so is every work of their hands; and that which they offer there is unclean.

15 And now, I pray you, consider from this day and upward,

from before a stone was laid upon a stone in the temple of the LORD:

16 Since those days were, when one came to an heap of twenty measures, there were but ten: when one came to the pressfat for to draw out fifty vessels out of the press, there were but twenty.

17 I smote you with blasting and with mildew and with hail in all the labours of your hands; yet ye turned not to me, saith the LORD.

18 Consider now from this day and upward, from the four and twentieth day of the ninth month, even froin the day that the foundation of the Lord's temple was laid, consider it.

19 Is the seed yet in the barn? yea, as yet the vine, and the fig tree, and the pomegranate, and the olive tree, hath not brought forth: from this day will I bless you.

20 And again the word of the LORD came unto Haggai in the four and twentieth day of the month, saying,

21 Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying, I will shake the heavens and the earth;

22 And I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms, and I will destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the heathen; and I will overthrow the chariots, and those that ride in them; and the horses and their riders shall come down, every one by the sword of his brother.

23 In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, will I take thee, O Zerubbabel, my servant, the son of Shealtiel, saith the LORD, and will make thee as a signet: for I have chosen thee, saith the LORD of hosts.

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